I became interested in reading the old book "Moby Dick" because of a radio program where they discussed the qualities of the story. But when I went to all the bookstores, they only had drab dreary NEW copies of the book. They had NO pictures... and NO "character." When I held the new book in my hand, I didn't even WANT to read it. So I searched EBAY for an old copy and it is a WONDERFULL book! It has PICTURES... it is almost 100 years old!... and it has lots of character! but it needed repair. So I bought it for $12.00 and set about the job of re-binding and restoring it.
I have only restored 2 small paperbacks previously... so this was a bit of a challenge for me. I don't claim to be a professional book-binder. That was not my goal. I wanted to accomplish 2 things: 1... get this book back into usable condition.. and 2... Improve my bookbinding skills. If you have never done this before, i suggest you start with a paperback book that is not an expensive treasure. So lets get started with the items you will need....
Step 1: Items You Will Need:
You will need a few common items to fix your book. I used some GIANT "C" clamps. They worked ok but I believe a smaller set of clamps would work better. Next time I do this, I will try some "squeeze" clamps that look like large clips. As long as they are big enough to hold the book, they should work. I used some heavy duty thread and large needle. Anything that is strong would work ok Kite string or upholstery thread would work ok. But dont use regular THREAD. It is too thin for this purpose. I purchased PVA glue. PVA is Poly-Vinyl-Acetate. It is a glue SIMILAR to white "Elmers" glue. It is a higher quality glue though that has more FLEXIBILITY and more TACKYNESS and is ACID FREE to protect the books paper. Do not substitute other glues because you must use a glue that is FLEXIBLE and very tacky. You will need a couple THIN wood slats like the one laying on the top of the book. This will be used as a DRILLING helper. Scissors and an electric drill motor with small drill bit (1/8th inch) are also needed. ALSO needed but not pictured is some vinyl upholstery cloth. I bought the CHEAPEST kind because it was thinner and more flexible. You could also use any old heavy duty cloth material that you think would look good on the book. Also, i used a small piece of BURLAP material because of its loose weave would help hold the glue.